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Title: Between keeping your head down and trying to get noticed: agency workers in French car assembly plants
Authors: Purcell, Christina
Brook, Paul A.
Lucas, Rosemary
First Published: 22-Apr-2011
Publisher: Rainer Hampp Verlag
Citation: Management Revue: The International Review of Management Studies, 2011, 22 (2), pp. 169-187 (22)
Abstract: Numerical flexibility is commonly promoted as a driver of employment growth. However, contingent work is frequently associated with “bad jobs”, particularly for those in low skilled occupations. Agency work is a common and growing form of contingent work and is often promoted as a tool for facilitating the labour market integration of young workers. In France, young agency workers make up a significant part of the labour force within car assembly plants. Studies have shown that these workers have harsher working conditions than permanent co-workers and are subject to a “despotic” factory regime. However, the triangular relationship, which frames the agency contract, may give rise to a more complex outcome in which the aspiration for stable employment mediates the coercion of labour market vulnerability.
DOI Link: 10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2011_02_Purcell
ISSN: 0935-9915,
eISSN: 0935-9915
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2011 Rainer Hampp Verlag. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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